Living the Values is a way of life for our company, and all associates are expected to demonstrate the values on a consistent basis in their decisions and actions. However, it requires much more than merely telling associates to "live the Values" for the Values to become a part of our "organizational DNA." The Values will only be fully instilled into our culture through the efforts of our managers actively, visibly and consistently supporting, reinforcing, and rewarding associates for integrating them into day-to-day work life.
Managers are in the best position to help associates achieve this critical level of Values integration, through their day-to-day interactions around everyday work tasks and issues. By using a variety of approaches and tools to weave the Values into the fabric of our culture, managers make a major contribution to our company’s success, both today and in the future.
These tools contain activities that enable you to:
Develop a shared understanding of the Values among your team members
Help associates gain a greater appreciation for the importance and impact of the Values on day-to-day decisions and actions
Engage associates in open, constructive dialogue around Values dilemmas and challenges
Participate with associates in fun, practical discussions and exercises that promote understanding and application of the Values to everyday work life
To assist in achieving these objectives, three types of tools are provided: Exercises, Case Studies, and Situational Dilemmas. Each tool varies in time required, Values and Attributes focused on, and processes used.
The tools are intended for use and facilitation by managers as part of an on-going Values development and integration process. They can be implemented during staff meetings, workshops, off-sites, or other special meetings/events.
Exercises are provided to help associates understand what the Values mean in day-to-day work life. The exercises are designed to yield fun and challenging learning experiences for practical application of the Values in daily work challenges.
Brief Case Studies are provided to engage associates in thinking through, discussing and developing a common understanding of the Values and their impact on associate behavior in the workplace.
Situational Dilemmas are included to give associates an opportunity to practice applying Values-based decision making to work related situations.
Each tool in this section of the Toolkit has specific time requirements associated with its facilitation.